Turkish Airlines Crew Help Woman Deliver Baby

Turkish Airlines Crew Help Woman Deliver Baby

Turkish Airlines crew welcomed an unexpected passenger in the middle of a flight from Guinea’s capital of Conakry to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Cabin crew on the airplane sprang into action on Friday when Nafi Diaby, a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant, went into labor during the flight, according to NBC News. The mother and baby, named Kadiju, were taken to hospital when the Boeing 737 landed in the Burkina Faso capital. Both are now reported to be tired but in good health.

The airline took to Twitter on Friday to announce the arrival. "It's a girl" the statement read. "Welcome on board Princess!"

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Turkish Airlines’ policy of travelling while pregnant reads, “Passengers who have not yet entered their 28th week of pregnancy are able to travel without a doctor’s note. Passengers expecting one child and who are between the start of the 28th and end of the 35th week of pregnancy are able to travel with a doctor’s note. It has to contain the statement ‘There is no particular reason for the patient not to fly.”

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This is not the first time this has happened.  Flight crews are trained to deal with such emergencies. Kadiju’s place of birth, and ultimately her nationality, could be an interesting matter of debate. She could get her nationality from her mother or she could be classified as having been born in the country in whose airspace the plane was flying. Just to add to the confusion, the United Nations, considers that the baby should be classified as having been born in the country where the plane was registered, in this case, Turkey.

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Whether this would mean that she is entitled to Turkish citizenship would depend on how the country’s nationality laws treat babies born on its soil. For example another baby, Chloe, was also born over Canadian airspace in 2015 with legal experts arguing she had the right to claim Canadian citizenship.

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